Election Day a day of violence in Mexico

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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.

Correo (León, Guanajuato)  7/6/09

“Twenty dead during election day” – Election day Sunday, a day of violence, resulted in three men being decapitated and 17 others shot to death in Mexico: 11 homicides were reported in Chihuahua, four in Guerrero, two in the state of Mexico and three in Veracruz, Durango and Sinaloa. Two human heads were found in Tetepantla, state of Mexico, on the border with the Distrito Federal; a “narcomessage” left by the criminal group “La Familia” claimed responsibility for those two. (However, “Diario de Yucatan” (Merida, Yuc.,) & a couple of others also mentioned that the state of Guerrero Public Security Dep’t. reported that 11 or 12 persons (total varies in reports) were shot to death while traveling in a vehicle in the “Tierra Caliente” area of the state of Guerrero)

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La Prensa Gráfica (San Salvador, El Salvador)  7/6/09

El Salvador’s “National Civil Police” reported that there were 25 assassinations in the country over the weekend, ten on Saturday and 15 on Sunday. And “Prensa Libre” (Guatemala City) today reports that from Saturday night to Sunday morning seventeen persons became victims of homicide in Guatemala

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El Debate (Culiacan, Sinaloa)  7/6/09

Mex. military made a typical haul when they patrolled back roads in the hill country near Choix, Sinaloa. Six vehicles (including a late model Lincoln Navigator with a GPS system), a grenade, an AK47, 2 sawed-off shotguns, three handguns and smaller amounts of weed, weed seed, crystal and cocaine, plus 4 “all terrain radios” (incl. two used for aircraft landings), another GPS, & a satellite phone. (As is common in these cases, 10 subjects managed to avoid capture and fled into the woods.)

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El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)  7/6/09         – full transl. –

Border area bishops are seeking to meet with the president of the United States for the purpose of finding a solution to the immigration problem. Renato Ascencio León, member of the Pontifical Council for the Emigrants and Itinerants Pastoral, pointed out that migrants face dangerous trips daily, (and) suffer humiliations and assaults during their transit to the neighboring country. A meeting of American Continent bishops took place recently in Guatemala, in which they agreed to seek an interview with United States legislators, preferably with president Barack Obama. (sic) He pointed out that they seek to meet with the governing persons of said country after the new American government announced its intention to make a migratory reform and to work with the countries of Mexico and Central America to confront economic inequalities which produce migration. By means of the newspaper Presencia, he commented that despite the interest which they see in Barack Obama, the same enthusiasm is not seen on the part of the chambers. (read: houses of Congress.) He said that the support for migrants must be immediate, because at this time they endure humiliations, assaults from people smugglers and traffickers as well as from drug cartels. He indicated that while said persons seek work to support their families, they suffer abuses and in many cases even death. He emphasized that the document the participating bishops issued mentions the grave effects which the migratory phenomenon causes in the societies of the originating and receiving countries, in which reference is made to the violation of human rights, family disintegration and the interference of drug and people trafficking criminal groups. The local prelate added that “attention must be paid to organized crime groups that in many cases operate without punishment along our borders and inside our very own countries.”                                                          In many cases the migrants are even considered criminals or delinquents, he added by means of the catholic weekly. He pointed out that at the meeting in which the border area bishops participated they analyzed the pastoral of their dioceses to maintain unification despite the countries where they find themselves.

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